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Old 12-30-2008, 04:17 PM
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Compactor pad

Anyone use a pad for compacting pavers so the metal-on-concrete doesn't leave white dots? I've heard of pieces of carpet, plywood, geo-tex, etc. I want something that I can put on and take off relatively easy and will last.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:50 PM
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i have heard that they work, but obviously ive never tried one...
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Old 12-30-2008, 07:36 PM
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For us it depends on the paver and the compactor. If the pavers are tumbled I don't use a pad,if they aren't tumbled I do use a pad. A Belle compactor I used once left white quarter size dots all over. The other compactors I use didn't leave any dots. Those 2 compactors were a bomag and a wacker. These are my expereinces with these 3 compactors. So, if you have access to a pad you might want to use it just to be on the safe side.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:18 PM
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You can get on Pavetech's website and look at some options. Depending on your situation you can just designate a certain compactor on your fleet to use for this situation. We found it easier to have a compactor with a pad on it all the time used only for compacting the pavers after they are laid.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:48 PM
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I have a pad from Pavetech, works fine for me. Take it on and off as needed but it is a 'one size fits all' so a little trimming to get to the right size.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:48 AM
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A quick and cheap method would be to use a piece of non-woven filter cloth, the type you would use behind retaining walls. Just keep a 10' piece of it rolled up in the cargo and whats nice too is it keeps the dust to a minimum. The pads I haven't tried but I hear they work great.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:08 AM
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We use a havy duty door mat with grommets installed it works great
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:54 AM
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We use this mat from paver tech. A little pricey but it works good and easy to install.

http://www.pavetech.com/tools/paversaver.shtm
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:26 AM
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We have one compactor dedicated to final compaction and it has a pad installed. When we first started out we had a single compactor and installing and removing the pad, though not difficult, was a pain, especially if you were doing the job in segments. The pad does slow down the forward motion of the compactor and I'm told reduces the compaction force somewhat.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:46 PM
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it also reduces cracking and point loading.
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